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David R. Sands

David R. Sands

Raised in Northern Virginia, David R. Sands received an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and a master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He worked as a reporter for several Washington-area business publications before joining The Washington Times.

At The Times, Mr. Sands has covered numerous beats, including international trade, banking, politics and Capitol Hill, and spent eight years on the foreign desk as senior diplomatic correspondent. He is currently the deputy editor for politics. In addition, he has reviewed books and written feature stories for the newspaper and authored The Times' weekly chess column since 1993. He is also senior writer for Washington GolfStyles, a monthly publication covering the Mid-Atlantic golf scene.


Articles by David R. Sands

House GOP won’t rush bailout plan

House Republicans stood their ground Friday as the White House and congressional negotiators struggled to revamp a $700 billion Wall Street bailout plan, holding out hope that a deal could be struck this weekend. Published September 27, 2008

Bernanke and Paulson, back on the Hill

UPDATED -- A day after a five-hour grilling by unhappy lawmakers over the proposed $700 billion rescue plan, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. are feeling the heat again. Published September 24, 2008

Lawmakers openly skeptical as bailout plan gets hearing

Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke faced bipartisan skepticism as they pushed for quick congressional approval of the administration's $700 billion Wall Street rescue plan. Published September 23, 2008

Wall Street woes ripple across globe

Spain and Taiwan are cracking down on short sellers of stock. Britain's prime minister sees his poll numbers plummet, while Japanese financial giants snap up pieces of distressed U.S. lenders. And some in France and Germany are hailing what they see as a humiliating blow to "Anglo-Saxon" economics. Published September 23, 2008

Democrats: Bailout support is costly

Lawmakers are engaged in a $700 billion game of chicken this week over the Bush administration's push to pass an economic bailout proposal for Wall Street. Published September 22, 2008

Democrats seek changes to bailout plan

UPDATED -- Sen. Barack Obama and other top Democrats said Sunday their support will come at a price as Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson pressed for quick congressional approval of a $700 billion fiscal rescue package. Published September 21, 2008

Short sellers defend practice

They've been called the hyenas of high finance, feasting on the misfortunes of others, but the market's short sellers say they are being used as scapegoats as regulators and politicians around the world struggle to prevent a global economic implosion. Published September 20, 2008

Congress pushes for last-minute deal with India

Congress and the Bush administration are making a strong last-minute push to approve the far-reaching nuclear cooperation deal with India, a top Senate Democrat said Thursday. Published September 19, 2008

Lawmakers say they’re out of the loop

DEVELOPING -- Lawmakers from both parties are complaining they've been kept out of the loop as the Federal Reserve and Treasury Department have struggled to contain Wall Street's exploding financial crisis. Published September 18, 2008

New financial watchdog considered

The federal agency that managed the bailout of the savings and loan industry in the 1980s and 1990s has emerged as the leading model to contain the fallout from Wall Street's current meltdown. Published September 18, 2008

Fidel’s fading but what is next?

For the first time since the Kennedy administration, the next U.S. president won't have Cuban President Fidel Castro to deal with when he takes office in January. Published September 16, 2008

Freeze sought on foreclosures after takeover

Four Democrats on the Senate banking committee Thursday called for a temporary freeze on foreclosures for trillions of dollars in home loans held by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, just four days after the Treasury Department ordered a taxpayer-financed takeover of the two mortgage giants. Published September 12, 2008

Unity proves divisive for third parties

While the nation's two major political parties bicker over name-calling, a collection of smaller third-parties came together Wednesday in a so-called unity event that, in the end, only produced yet more bickering. Published September 11, 2008

Third-party unity bid produces fresh division

While the nation's two major parties bicker over name-calling, a collection of smaller third-parties came together Tuesday in a so-called unity event that, in the end, only produced yet more bickering. Published September 10, 2008

Congress: Short session likely partisan

Opening a legislative session likely to be short on bill-passing and long on point-scoring, congressional Republicans and Democrats on Tuesday tried to tag one another as being weak on key national-security issues ahead of November's election. Published September 10, 2008

Overseas debt drives bailout of Fannie, Freddie

Foreigners own a big chunk of the debt issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, broadening the fallout of any failure beyond U.S. borders and giving the Bush administration one more powerful reason to take over the mortgage giants. Published September 9, 2008

Democrats tentatively back mortgage bailout

Key Democratic lawmakers cautiously welcomed the Bush administration's takeover plan for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac but made it clear Monday that the move was meant to save the two mortgage giants, not bury them. Published September 8, 2008

GOP fares best without lawyers

When the Republican Party formally nominates its presidential and vice-presidential candidates Thursday, it will achieve something the Democrats have managed to do only twice since the two parties began contesting elections in 1856 - keep a lawyer off the ticket. Published September 4, 2008